19 Oct Why Healthy Eating Doesn’t Guarantee Healthy Living…
There’s no doubt that the food that we choose to eat can have a profound impact on the state of our health. But it’s not the only factor.
As the old saying goes, ‘you are what you eat’, and it couldn’t be more true. The food that we decide to put into our bodies helps to repair and rebuild the cells that we are made from.
Eating a wide variety of whole foods is no doubt a key piece of the health puzzle, but it is definitely not the only one. You could consume the healthiest diet in the world, but if you don’t pay attention to other components of your health, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to reach your potential.
Let’s take a look at some of the other key pillars that hold up the house of good health.
Our bodies are designed to move regularly, to walk, run jump, squat, crawl, climb and swim. Yet modern living has us sat down for the majority of the day, in front of screens or behind the wheel of vehicles.
It is an unnatural position, and numerous studies have linked prolonged siting to early mortality.
Bring more movement into your life wherever you can. Even if you already exercise, try to make movement a part of your day to day living.
Park further from work so you have to walk a bit more. Take the stairs whenever you can. Schedule mini breaks in work to stretch or practice squatting. Do whatever you can to be more active!
Aside from the physical stress of sitting all day, modern day living also provides us with plenty mental stressors – deadlines, traffic jams, meetings and exams. Our heads are filled with thoughts of the past and concerns over the future.
Unfortunately there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that stress is doing us quite a bit of harm in the health department. Some estimates suggest that stress is the root cause of 60% of all human illnesses.
So how can you keep your stress levels under control? Movement is one option. Meditation is another that works well for many people, helping them to improve their relationship with their thoughts. Other popular choices include yoga, reading, journalling…
Try a selection, and find something that works for you.
Humans are designed to be social animals. We originate from tribal environments, and we thrive off interaction with others. We work best when we’re surrounded by likeminded individuals, all working towards a common goal.
A lot of that community interaction has been lost, especially in the urban jungle. You can live in a block of apartments with hundreds of other people, yet not know a single name…
Regardless of how busy your work schedule is, ensure you make time for family and friends. Get involved with community projects, talk to strangers, and help others whenever possible.
Many people stumble through life on autopilot. They go to school, apply to college, finish their studies, get the job, buy the car, and then settle down. I was on that route myself – I had no purpose, nothing really driving me forwards. I was just going through the motions, doing what I thought was the right thing to do, and it made me unhealthy.
I was only able to regain control of my health when I discovered my passion, and decided to go after it.
Whatever you are passionate about – it could be writing, singing, cake decorating or helping others, make time to do it. If we only get a limited time on this planet, does it not make sense to spend that time doing the things we love?
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